Jeff is a Master of City Planning candidate (2009) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. His concentration is in Land Use and Environmental Planning, with a particular focus on Smart Growth and sustainable energy policy at all levels of government. Jeff served as a Smart Growth Intern at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) in the Spring of 2008, where he contributed to research on a regional parking strategy and a Brownfields case study guide. Jeff is currently employed at 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a non-profit advocacy organization that promotes sustainable land use as a means to restore Pennsylvania's towns and cities. This summer he is tracking the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission as it reforms the city's zoning code. He is also crafting a Community Zoning Information Campaign to create more informed citizen participation in the design review process. Additionally, Jeff is working with the Southeast Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project to organize older suburbs around Philadelphia to address issues of regional concern (Housing, Social Services, Education, and Infrastructure) through grassroots leadership.
Jeff is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Geographic Information and Technology Association (GITA), Planners Network, and Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia. He is also a guide for Next American City's 24-Hour Roadtrip - urban adventures that employ Psychogeographic exercises and experiential learning.
Jeff grew up in Austin, Texas. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 2002 to attend Rhodes College, where he graduated cum laude with Honors research in History. Before beginning graduate school in Philadelphia, Jeff lived in northern Montana, working and playing in Glacier National Park. Jeff is an outdoors enthusiast and lives in West Philadelphia.